Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the release of one of the most influential American recordings ever. Joni Mitchell released her landmark album 'Blue' on this day a full half century ago, and it remains one of the all-time high water marks in singer/songwriter history.
Jason Ankeny of Allmusic.com sums up this album's impact far better than I ever could:
"Sad, spare, and beautiful, Blue is the quintessential confessional singer/songwriter album. Forthright and poetic, Joni Mitchell's songs are raw nerves, tales of love and loss (two words with relative meaning here) etched with stunning complexity Unrivaled in its intensity and insight, Blue remains a watershed."
And in celebration of the 50th Anniversary, the artist’s label has released “Blue 50 (Demos and Outtakes),” which features five previously unreleased recordings from the album, most notably, Mitchell has finally allowed the release of “Hunter,” a song she cut from Blue at the last minute. Though she has performed the song live, “Hunter” has never been officially released in its studio form.